Reaching out to others is one of the more challenging things to do because it opens us up to be completely vulnerable. When we depend on someone else to be there for us, we release to them a little bit of our personal power and that is scary. It’s scary because what if, one day, that person no longer wants to be there in support of us? In order to be present with those to whom we’ve offered ourselves up, we have to trust unconditionally that he or she will not let us down regardless of our past history and experiences and regardless of our current history and experiences… That trust is utter vulnerability.
To be vulnerable can seem weak in a culture of independence and self-reliability, but in truth to be vulnerable is to hold the strength of the entire world in the center of our hearts. Among the seven primary chakras (wheel), the energy centers of the body which are commonly recognized as traveling along the sashumna (very gracious) nadi (channel), the anahata (unstuck) chakra (wheel) is the seat of love, compassion and balance. Now I’m extrapolating a bit here, but the anahata chakra, the heart chakra, is located in the center of our energetic body. The heart chakra (wheel) is forth above the root, sacral and solar plexus chakras, and below the throat, third-eye and crown chakras, making our heart the space from which we send love out in all directions.
I know… I know, scientifically speaking, the heart is a muscle and incapable of feelings and yet, when we know pain our hearts feel an ache and when we know joy our hearts feel as if they are bursting with love. And while I am certain these aching and bursting feelings in the center of our chests can be explained away by some kind of logical physiological phenomena, I am also certain that I do not care. I believe that the metaphoric love in our hearts changes us for the better, because the anahata chakra (unstuck wheel) is the seat of our love, compassion and balance. I also believe that when we give our love to others we open ourselves up to all of the wonders offered to us by the Universe, and to me, that is the essence of brahmacharya (going after the divine).
In order to give into love and compassion, we have to first release from worldly desires and follow our heart’s true desire, the desire to find Brahma (the divine). This week, we’re going to leave you with a little practice of sending love out in all directions. Begin by sitting or laying down comfortably, in whichever position feels best to you. Close your eyes and bring awareness into your heart space and let your heart fill with an emerald green colored light, settle there for a few breaths. When you’re ready, let that light fill your physical body in all directions and settle there for a few breaths. Next, let the emerald green colored light permeate the boundaries of your physical body and fill your mental and emotional bodies, as well. Again, stay there for a few breaths. Finally, send the light our in all directions to all beings everywhere, do this in a gesture of offering love and compassion and receiving love and compassion. Visualize that light and energy reaching out in all directions for several breaths.
When you’re ready to end this practice begin by drawing the energy back into your physical, mental and emotional bodies, pause there for a few breaths. Next, draw your awareness back into your heart space and pause for a few breaths. Then, gently return awareness to your breath and then your physical movements. Gently wiggle your fingers and your toes and roll our your neck. Finally, bow your head and blink your eyes open. Try this practice for several minutes each day for the remainder of the month and notice how opening yourself up to love changes your perspective…